Having read other articles on the controversy, only one seemingly small detail shocked me. In the fifth paragraph, amidst a paraphrase of the Biblical account, the author, Geoffrey Morin, writes:
"Once the ark was built, Noah had the herculean task of gathering the animals as God instructed."
First: Noah didn't gather the animals. God didn't command him to. Genesis 5:20 states,
"Of fowls after their kind, and of cattle after their kind, of every creeping thing of the earth after his kind, two of every sort shall come unto thee, to keep them alive." God sent the animals to Noah.
Second: The author of the article didn't understand the above basic biblical text regarding the account of Noah's flood. It's a misunderstanding very common among children's stories (and hopefully far less churches) to assume Noah had to go out to find and capture the animals. But I wouldn't expect this particular article to have made such an error because Geoffrey Morin is the head of communications for The American Bible Society.
The general "feel" I got off his article is painfully optimistic and could be summed as saying this: Hey, we know it's not Biblically accurate, but it will probably spark some interest in viewers to get them to open up and read their Bibles.
I'm not an optimist. I'm a realist. The Noah Movie projects Noah, called "a preacher of righteousness" (2 Peter 2:5), as a somewhat possessive lunatic. The Bible expresses God's command for holiness and heart of grace in sparing Noah's family and saving them from a world where "the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually" (Genesis 6:5). Russell Crowe, the star of the Noah Movie, clearly stresses that God's will had been to annihilate all of mankind through the flood and it's events, because, although Noah's family was saved, in the film God commands them they may not bear any children. Ever. It was only disobedience to God that allowed the human race to survive...
Portraying the Biblical hero of Noah and the character of God in such a negative light and blatant distortion of the Truth, I am highly skeptical that this film will spark a positive curiosity into the Bible as Morin suggested. Would you want to "join the club" of a group of people whose leaders were heretical and God wanted the entire humanity wiped out (yet failed at this effort)?
The Noah Movie alludes to Christianity as something which the human race is being pursued and/or enslaved by, yet humanity triumphs by rebellion. How can this show people the pure, just, and loving spirit of Jesus Christ?
If you haven't already seen my post with a "Sneak Peek" of the Noah Movie and a link to Ken Ham's (Answers in Genesis) article on the matter, check it out by clicking here.